by Megan Smith
In honor of October marking LGBTQ History Month, AT&T has launched the “Love Is Changing History” project to celebrate the huge impact that LGBTQ love can have on everyday life. All proceeds from the project directly benefit The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
The project, which can be found at loveischanginghistory.com, features two short films co-directed by longtime LGBTQ supporters and activists Lance Bass and Pauley Perrette. Bass’s film, “Tale of Two Dads,” follows two gay dads who exemplify the notion that “opposites attract” as they prepare for the birth of their first child. In Perrette’s film, “Jenny,” we watch as a young lesbian makes the courageous decision to take her girlfriend to her high-school prom.
The site also features a gallery section that encourages viewers to share their own personal stories of a “Love Is Changing History” moment. “I want to encourage everyone to spread the word about how same-sex love is breaking down barriers,” Bass said. “This is a chance to get involved in something special—to truly leave a lasting impression. Together, we can create a more inclusive and accepting tomorrow.”
Through November 11, the project presents participants with the following three ways to join the movement:
•Share the site loveischanginghistory.com to your Facebook or Twitter account and AT&T will donate $1 to The Trevor Project.
•Share one of the two short films from the “Love Is Changing History” website and AT&T will donate $1 to The Trevor Project.
• Submit your unique story that represents a “Love Is Changing History” moment to the project’s website and AT&T will donate a $1 to The Trevor Project.
AT&T will contribute a minimum of $25,000 and up to $100,000 to The Trevor Project. “The Trevor Project is grateful for AT&T’s commitment to enhance our ability to serve LGBTQ youth in crisis,” said Abbe Land, executive director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “It is so important that vulnerable youth know that they are valuable and that people care about them.”
AT&T will also submit the project’s short films and participant stories to be archived as a permanent collection in the Library of Congress.
“This year, more than ever, every LGBT American has a reason to celebrate,” Bass said. “We’re living in one of the most historic times for LGBT Americans, and I think it’s about time we celebrate.”